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World war 2

- "The first persons arrested and sent to concentration camps were communists who had taken part in efforts to undermine the fabric of the German state"(Raper).- "The name "concentration camp" simply means an area where dangerous elements are concentrated"(Raper)

Jewish Concentration Camps

Concentration Camps were used during World War II. These camps were used all around Germany when Hitler was named as Chancellor in January 1933 (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum). These camps held moslty Jewish families; politcal groups, homosexuals, and common criminals were also held in concentration camps and were identified by different color-coded triangles that had to be worn on there clothing (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum).

Hitler's introduced concentration camps served different purposes. One of them consisted of the usage to obtain of those who would have opposition to Hitler's being in charge or those who were not for the Nazis policy. Another reason is that the people which it contained,were put there so they would be "more productive members of the German community"(Raper). Whether an adult or child.


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"All prisonsers were obliged to work. Without exception: men, women, children, old people, young people, pregnant women, the sick"(Aroneanu 49). Prison work consisted of more than 16 areas for the Jewish prisoners to work in. With came this labor was hard work and harsh treatment. Typically from this forced labor came the prisoners being either worked to death, sent to gas chambers, or executed for not having the ability to work anymore.

A typical concentration camp consisted of barracks that were secured from escape by barbed wire, watchtowers and guards(Vogelsand, Larsen). In the barracks, inmates would share overcrowded bunk beds consisting of other jews. The inmates usually worked 12 hours a day with hard physical work, clothed in rags, eating too little and always living under the risk of corporal punishment (Vogelsand, Larsen). Since there was such terrible sanitation, disease broke out throughout the camp. "Some of the diseases included in the epidemic were typhus with skin rash, pneumonia, erysipeleas, scarlet fever, and tuberculosis"(Aroneanu 65).


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